Wikiprogress is a global platform for sharing information in order to evaluate social, environmental and economic progress. It is open to all members and communities for contribution – students and researchers, civil society organisations, governmental and intergovernmental organisations, multilateral institutions, businesses, statistical offices, community organisations and individuals – to anyone who has an interest in the concept of “progress”.
Wikiprogress was launched in beta on the 26th of October, 2009 at the OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy in Busan, Korea.
Mission: the core mission of Wikiprogress connect worldwide organisations and individuals wishing to develop new, smarter measures of progress.
What would happen if we didn’t measure the 100-metre sprint by how quickly people ran; what if the measure was how nicely they ran or how good they looked when they were running? Because we choose to measure the success of the 100-metre sprint by time, we strive to be the fastest.
What we choose to measure is what we end up defining as success.
The same can be said of measuring national progress. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been used as a benchmark of national success for some time now, but it fails to take into account the things that really matter, like our environment, education, health and happiness.
In recent years there has been an explosion of activity with organisations from around the world developing new measures of progress and calling for indicators that look beyond economic growth in measuring wellbeing.
Wikiprogress recognises that it is not just about developing progress indicators, but developing a collaborative community that works together to determine what and how we measure the well-being of societies. Such knowledge can not be determined by a single organisation or NSO, but by working with initiatives, governments, organisations and individuals all over the world.
This echoes the concept put forward world-renowned economist and pioneer of the progress movement Joseph Stiglitz, who speaking at the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress called for a ‘global dialogue’ on measuring progress: ‘part of the objective of rethinking our measurement systems is to generate a national and global dialogue on what we care about.’
What you can find on Wikiprogress
- Progress information: browse information by topic, or by our word cloud on the homepage search for information using the search function located at the top right hand corner of every page.
- Progress by country: view the world map or search for a particular country by name. Country pages include information on national indicator projects, links to official statistics offices and various progress dimensions at a national level.
- Progress data: Wikiprogress.Stat is a database of progress indicators.
- Progress initiatives: Wikiprogress provides an overview of many local, national and international progress initiatives, see the world map of initiatives to find out what is happening near you.
- Progress publications: Wikiprogress is developing a database of publications on measuring progress and the various dimensions of progress.
- Media coverage on measuring progress: the Wikiprogress Community Portal is updated daily with news articles and blog posts on measuring progress
- Progress events: events from around the world are listed by date on the Wikiprogress calendar
Wikiprogress is not...
- a place for lobbying, marketing, selling or imposing ideas
- only limited to already published materials or to information from academics, governments and other official agencies.
How to get involved
Wikiprogress encourages everyone to be involved. See the many ways below to be involved, along with links to support pages:
Edit an article
No edit is too large or too small, as long as it is in accordance with the guidelines for content. Fixing a spelling error or developing content by adding text, references, images, links and data to an article are crucial to the development of Wikiprogress.
See more on how to edit an article
Create an article
Create an article on a topic that has not yet been covered on Wikiprogress. Be sure to search for it first and if the article already exists, please edit the exiting article with your information. See more on how to create an article
Add a progress initiative
Add a progress initiative by creating a new article with the name of the initiative. Be sure to include an overview, background and key projects/findings; link to other relevant Wikiprogress articles and be sure to add a link to the initiative's website.
Add an event
To add an event, go to the Wikiprogress calendar on the homepage, click on "add event" and follow the instructions. Once you have saved the event it will automatically appear in the calendar.
Write a blog
If you have something interesting that you would like to write about for the ProgBlog, please send us a brief overview at email@example.com and we'll get back to you.
The Wikiprogress community
The Wikiprogress community consists of all organisations, initiatives and individuals interested in developing measures of progress, and in measuring progress, using many indicators, such as the traditional measure of GDP, but also including alternative measures such as health, freedom, happiness, education, access to clean water, and so on. Specifically, the community is for:
- Academics, researchers and statisticians: to find information and/or data, share knowledge and receive feedback/discussion
- The general public, intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations, national statistics offices and independent progress initiatives: to promote their work, find information from similar organisations, collaborate on projects and network
- Established networks: to centralise information on a web platform, have work edited/discussed
Wikiprogress Correspondents act as the focal point of the Global Project's growing "network of networks" for their area. Correspondents ensure that the rest of the large and growing global movement can learn from common initiatives. Correspondents assist others in the same area to learn, share and achieve common goals. See a list of Wikiprogress Correspondents.
Friends of the Wiki
Friends of the Wiki are an informal advisory board of experts from different areas in the progress community. Friends provide the wiki with guidance for the overall objectives of Wikiprogress and foster the development of articles, databases, funds and interactive communication tools. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
What do I gain by participating?
- Promotion of work and events to the progress community by adding an article, progress publication or initiative
- Feedback via editing and discussion
- Interact by discussing articles
- Network with other members of the community
- Real-time interaction with progress experts through online debates and forums
Quality of content on Wikiprogress
The Wikiprogress team along with the community control the quality of the content of articles (see guidelines). For questions regarding the content, Global Project members are able to assist. If the question is not resolved, we will consult the Friends of the Wiki. Eventually, with a larger community, a specific editorial role will be allocated to active users with relevant backgrounds.
- Community Portal
- Create an account
- Getting started
- The Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies
- Guidelines for content on Wikiprogress
- Newsletter on Measuring the Progress of Societies
- ↑ From Measuring Production to Measuring Well-being, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Presentation to the Productivity Commission, Melbourne, July 29, 2010